This YouTube video was sent to me by John WB6YZF, In 1984 the Silverado Amateur Radio Society was busy supporting the CDF (Now CalFire) in their Volunteers in Prevention program. We spent many hours monitoring ground activity in the wooded areas of Napa County, from private aircraft.
Most of the HAMS seen in the Video are no longer with us but many are. The video opens with a meeting in St. Helena at the Department of Forestry headquarters on Railroad Avenue.
See the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-OmxzBZRCw&feature=youtu.be
There will be no meeting February 19,2019. I will be out of town
FT8 users: The WSJT-X development team is urging you to update the version of your software to a version of WSJT-X v2.0 on December 10. Joe Taylor, K1JT, writes: “As soon as possible after December 10, and certainly by January 1, 2019, everyone should be using WSJT-X 2.0 or a compatible v2.0 version of derivative programs such as JTDX or MSHV. As of today, PSKreporter statistics show roughly 3,000 users of WSJT-X versions older than v1.9.1, 9500 users of v1.9.1, and 3,000 users of v2.0-rc#. Please, everyone, help us to spread the word that upgrading to v2.0 after December 10 is very important. There will be no looking back!” WSJT-X v2.0 RC5 is available now on the WSJT-X web page.
W6KNY is in Hong Kong for a couple weeks and found this sweatshirt hoodie that is perfect for that ham radio operator:
ARRL members and Amateur Radio clubs are expressing increased concern over the inclusion of WWV and WWVH on a list of proposed cuts in the White House’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Fiscal Year 2019 budget request. The proposed cuts also would include the Atomic Clock signal from WWVB used to synchronize specially equipped clocks and watches. Online petitions soliciting signatures include one established by Tom Kelly II, W7NSS, of Portland, Oregon, who would like to see funding for the stations maintained. At this point, the budget item is only a proposal, not a final decision. That would be up to the Congress to decide.
ARRL is among those worried over the possible loss of WWV, WWVH, and WWVB and is suggesting that members of the Amateur Radio community who value the stations for their precise time and frequency signals and other information sign Kelly’s petition and/or contact their members of Congress promptly, explaining how the stations are important to them, beyond government and military use.
Read the rest of the article on the ARRL website: